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Dr Tian, Xiaoli 田晓麗

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Assistant Professor

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Dr Tian, Xiaoli 田晓麗

Title:
Assistant Professor

Curriculum Vitae:

Short Biography:

Tian Xiaoli received her PhD in Sociology from The University of Chicago. Her research interests include how preexisting knowledge paradigms and cultural norms influence the way people respond to unexpected transformations of their everyday routines. This interest is reflected in her two main lines of research: cross-cultural transmission of medical knowledge and social interaction.

She recently published a paper on organ-snatching rumors in 19th-century China. In that paper, she argues that anti-missionary rumors that prevailed in nineteenth-century China were fueled by Protestant missionaries’ medical practices in addition to political conflicts. Furthermore, the rumors were framed in spatial concepts. The rumors arose and persisted not because the missionaries deliberately hid information, but rather because the visibility of their daily activities, the accessibility of the space they inhabited and practiced in, and the spatial placement of their living quarters contradicted the cultural norms in nineteenth-century China and therefore prevented the Chinese from acquiring correct information about the missionaries. Based on the revisit of the famous Tianjin Missionary case (天津教案), she concludes that the ambiguity of information that causes rumor is the result of the confrontation between two ways of understanding space.

Continuing these two lines of research, her current research focuses on Traditional Chinese medicine in contemporary China, as well as new media in the Chinese context, including a project on Facebook use in Hong Kong and another one on digital production (especially online literature) in mainland China.

Professional Qualifications
YearAwarding InstitutionQualification
The University of ChicagoPh.D. in Sociology
The Chinese University of Hong KongM.Phil.
Peking UniversityB.A.
Honours, Awards & Prizes
AwardeesAward DateHonours / Awards / PrizesCategory
2008-08-01Honorable Mention for the Graduate Student Paper Award competition: American Sociological Association Social Psychology Section
Research Achievement
Menchik, D
2009-08-01Student Paper Award: Communication and Information Technologies Section of the American Sociological Association
Research Achievement
Professional Societies
Term PeriodPositionProfessional Societies
06/2012Invited Conference AuditorConference on “Inter-Asian Connections III: Hong Kong”
10/2012Manuscript reviewerChinese Sociological Review
10/2012Manuscript reviewerStudies in Sociology of Science
09/2007-08/2009Associate editor of Book Review BoardAmerican Journal of Sociology
09/2007-nowManuscript reviewerAmerican Journal of Sociology
05/2015Manuscript reviewerAmerican Journal of Cultural Sociology
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Area of Expertise:
Area of Expertise (EN)Area of Expertise (ZH)
Sociology of knowledge
Social studies of science and technology
Medical sociology
Comparative and historical sociology
Communication and information technology
Spoken Languages:
Spoken Language(s) (EN)Spoken Language(s) (ZH)
English, Putonghua英語、普通話
Written Languages:
Written Language(s) (EN)Written Language(s) (ZH)
English, Chinese英文、中文
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